this is a follow up post to the EUP Cougar thread. I mentioned that the MDNR did confirm a cougar getting hit by a car in Menominee County a few years ago. I asked Krsitie if she could find the article but I actually found one online. Here it is COUGAR HAIR SAMPLE VERIFIED IN MENOMINEE COUNTY, MICHIGAN Cougar Network News, 2/18/05 The MDNR has announced that hair samples retrieved from a car bumper last November came from a cougar. The hairs were retrieved by a state trooper after a motorist reported hitting "a large cat". After collecting the hairs, the trooper turned them over to biologists at the DNR's Escanaba field office. The samples were forwarded to the Wildlife Division's pathology lab and then sent to Central Michigan University for analysis. The lab did not test for genotype (North vs. South American). The incident occurred in southern Menominee County, not far from the Wisconsin border. "This is exactly the kind of information we are looking for to gain a better understanding of what animals are present in Michigan and identify potential areas for additional work," said DNR Natural Heritage Unit Supervisor Ray Rustem. "Though the information indicates the presence of a cougar, it still does not confirm the presence of a breeding population in Michigan." The DNR encourages hunters and outdoor recreationists to report any sightings of lynx, cougars, moose and wolves using the online wildlife observation report system on the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr. Click on Wildlife and Habitat and select the Report Wildlife Observations link. Acknowledgement The Cougar Network is indebted to Ray Rustem of the Michigan DNR for providing us with the documentation behind this report (Accident report & DNA test results).